Tricks to Minimize Pain During ShotsCreated by:
Giving shots especially to children and some adults can be quite challenging. I have used several tactics when giving IM shots, such as instructing the patients to deeply inhale, and exhale when I am about to go in, or to distract the patient and quickly get the shot done (if the drug is not too viscous). These experiences can be quite traumatizing for kids and sometimes and it takes time to finally coax them to take the shots. There is this one article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC344294/) that suggests a simple, cost effective and easy technique to reduce pain while taking shots. That is, instruct your patient cough while giving shots. There is even a video posted by National Geographic giving the probable explanation why (https://www.facebook.com/natgeotvUS/videos/10154033960051005/). How about you? What techniques have you used on your patients?